The Truth About “Toning”

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably uttered the work ‘tone.’ As in, “I really need to tone up my (insert body part here).” What we mean by that is that we’d like to get more definition. To achieve that, a lot of us end up using light weights and doing more reps, thinking that’s the best way to get toned up.

What you may not know is that using lighter weights isn’t necessarily going to lead to a more ‘toned’ body. If you want more definition, you have to lose more fat and doing hundreds of reps of an exercise isn’t the best way to do that. In fact, it’s just the opposite – lifting heavier weights and staying withing about 8-16 reps can help you get more defined. By challenging your muscles with more resistance than they can handle, you’re building muscle and muscle is more metabolically active than fat. That means, the more muscle you have, the more calories you’ll burn overall. Add in some cardio and a healthy diet and you’re on your way to a leaner body.

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